Exhibitions/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Untitled

Artist:
Zeng Fanzhi (Chinese, born 1964)
Date:
2009
Culture:
China
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 46 in. (117 cm); W. 24 in. (61 cm); D. 16 1/2 in. (42 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Thomas Yaping Ou, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.378a ,b
Rights and Reproduction:
© Zeng Fanzhi
Not on view
Primarily known as an oil painter, this bronze sculpture represents a new direction in Zeng’s practice. Untitled evokes the gnarled texture and convoluted form of a blasted tree trunk that continues to send forth new shoots. The twisted and bent “trunk,” scarred with knotholes and cracks, suggests a harsh environment and punishing forces, but the upward reaching “branches” convey a sense of endurance and resilience reminiscent of traditional paintings of ancient plum trees—an abiding symbol of survival, renewal, and moral purity.
Related Objects

Buddha Maitreya (Mile)

Date: dated 524 Medium: Gilt bronze Accession: 38.158.1a–n On view in:Gallery 207

Buddha Maitreya (Mile fo)

Date: dated 486 Medium: Gilt bronze with traces of pigment; piece-mold cast Accession: 26.123 On view in:Gallery 208

Altar Set

Date: late 11th century B.C. Medium: Bronze Accession: 24.72.1–.14 On view in:On view

Bodhisattva Manjushri as Tikshna-Manjushri (Minjie Wenshu)

Medium: Gilt brass; lost-wax casting Accession: 2001.59 On view in:Gallery 208

Rock in the form of a fantastic mountain

Date: 20th century Medium: Taihu limestone; epoxy stand Accession: 2011.575.1a, b On view in:Gallery 216